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I have an i7 950 on an msi x58 pro-e motherboard and I am having trouble overclocking it. Not sure if I need any software to do it or if I just need better settings. Any ideas?
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Here are some guides to get you started, you'll want to OC using the BIOS -

Newbie Guide to Overclocking

Voltage Guide for Core i7

Guide to Overclocking the Core I7 920 or 930 to 4.0ghz

^ I know it says i7 920/930 but it'll be the same for your CPU.
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So my motherboard should not make a difference? Because I'm starting to wonder if it's special and needs extra work because I can't find some of the settings most guides talk about.
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So my motherboard should not make a difference? Because I'm starting to wonder if it's special and needs extra work because I can't find some of the settings most guides talk about.

Your motherboard might not have the exact same settings but it'd probably have similar ones using different names. Just check the guides and see how much you can get done and then post back when you find a setting your mobo doesn't have
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Post a link of the motherboard you're using. If it's like the one I used to have, it is fairly easy to learn how to get your 950 4ghz or higher.
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http://m.tigerdirect.com/products/5019765?SRCCODE=WEBGOOKWL

Msi x58 pro-e (Ms-7522)
Edited by malzmidx - 10/12/13 at 6:49pm
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Hmm so I finally got some stuff done. Ran prime 95 mixed test and it ran pretty well. I am only at 3498 MHz going 166x21. My cpu is able to go at 23 though, not sure if I should. At one point of prime 95 I reached 80c. I was hoping to go over 4 without heat problems, not sure if that is normal or if I need to change some more stuff around. Any other suggestions/tests you would suggest?
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Hmm so I finally got some stuff done. Ran prime 95 mixed test and it ran pretty well. I am only at 3498 MHz going 166x21. My cpu is able to go at 23 though, not sure if I should. At one point of prime 95 I reached 80c. I was hoping to go over 4 without heat problems, not sure if that is normal or if I need to change some more stuff around. Any other suggestions/tests you would suggest?

Hmm, it's best to keep it under 80 but Prime and other stress testing programs will always raise your temps higher than anything else, including games, so if it reaches 80's in Prime, you probably won't see temps go that high in day to day usage. That applies for every CPU. My 3570K @ 4.6 reaches 90's in Prime but never hits over 70 in BF3/AVP.

Maybe try reapply new thermal paste and see if it makes any difference? What kind of air flow do you have in your case/what fans are you using and how do you use them?
Edited by trojan92 - 10/13/13 at 1:13am
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